Van der Velden: Otira

Peter Vangioni and Dieuwertje Dekkers
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ISBN: 978-1-877375-23-1

Hard cover book with dust jacket

Peter Vangioni’s Otira essay particularly exported me to another time, while simultaneously it encouraged reflection on what van der Velden’s work means to us today.

– Kathryn Mitchell

A sumptuous book on the ground-breaking Otira works by Petrus van der Velden, one of New Zealand's keystone artists.

This beautifully presented book features essays by Peter Vangioni and Dieuwertje Dekkers, and an introduction by Rodney Wilson, exploring the fascination van der Velden's Otira works continue to exert on art lovers and artists. Designed by award-winning designer Aaron Beehre, this richly illustrated publication is a long overdue addition to the scholarship on a truly international artist.

Author: Peter Vangioni and Dieuwertje Dekkers

Pages: 96

Dimensions: 247 x 267mm

Imprint: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū


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